In this week’s edition of Trainer Tuesday, strength and conditioning coach Tony Brady provides a look into Andre Berto’s training camp as he prepared for his March 13 fight against Josesito Lopez.
Josesito Lopez had it all set up just so. Fighting in front of an adoring crowd at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California—just about a half-hour drive from his hometown of Riverside—Lopez looked to pay those local fans back for all their love with a win on Premier Boxing Champions' first Spike TV broadcast.
The Moment for Andre Berto came in the sixth round Friday night, when his sustained jab set up a crunching right hand that culminated a four-punch sequence and drove Josesito Lopez to the canvas for the first of two knockdowns at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
If there was any doubt about Andre Berto’s injured right shoulder, it was erased Friday night with an impressive performance against hometown hero Josesito Lopez in the debut of Spike TV’s coverage of the Premier Boxing Champions series.
The weigh-in for tonight’s boxing card at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, was not without surprise Thursday as Roberto Garcia was hospitalized for an illness and scratched from his fight against Shawn Porter.
Josesito Lopez and Roberto Garcia thought it was no coincidence that they were seated together during Wednesday's media session in Ontario, California, while their 147-pound opponents, Andre Berto and Shawn Porter, were paired at another table.
Andre Berto has been involved in some exciting fights. The two-time 147-pound world champion was defeated in three of them, however, hitting the canvas a combined five times. Veteran contender Josesito Lopez plans to make it four losses Friday night.
In the Six Degrees of the 147-Pound Division, you could trace any contender’s lineage back to someone like Sugar Ray Leonard if you wanted to, but you only need one step to put Andre Berto and Josesito Lopez together: Victor Ortiz.